This essay argues for a reassessment of J. Priestley's place in the canon of twentieth-century British drama on the basis of his literary craftsmanship. Priestley's work tends to be dismissed as too didactic and popular to warrant serious study. An Inspector Calls belies that assessment:
Synopsis[ edit ] At the Birlings' home in AprilArthur Birling - a wealthy factory owner and local politician - and his family are celebrating the engagement of daughter Sheila to Gerald Croft, the son of one of Birling's competitors, Crofts Limited.
Also in attendance are Arthur's wife Sybil and their children Sheila and Eric, both in their early twenties. Eric, the younger, has a terrible drinking problem that is not discreetly ignored and is a major part of the play. After dinner, Arthur speaks about the importance of self-reliance.
He talks about his impending knighthood and about how "a man has to look after himself and his own. He implies that she has left a diary naming names, including members of the Birling family. Goole produces a photograph of Eva and shows it to Arthur, who acknowledges that she worked in one of his mills.
He denies responsibility for her death. Sheila enters the room and is drawn into the discussion. After prompting from Goole, she admits to recognising Eva as well. She confesses that Eva served her in a department store, Milwards, and Sheila contrived to have her fired for an imagined slight.
She admits that Eva's behaviour had been blameless and that the firing was motivated solely by Sheila's jealousy and spite towards a pretty working-class woman.
Sybil enters the room and Goole continues his interrogation, revealing that Eva was also known as Daisy Renton.
Gerald starts at the mention of the name and Sheila becomes suspicious. Gerald admits that he met a woman by that name in the Palace Bar. He gave her money and arranged to see her again. Goole reveals that Gerald had installed Eva as his mistress, and gave her money and promises of continued support before ending the relationship.
Arthur and Sybil are horrified. An ashamed Gerald exits the room. Sheila acknowledges his nature and credits him for speaking truthfully but also signals that their engagement is over.
After Gerald returns, Sheila hands the ring, which Gerald had given her earlier in the evening, back to him. Goole identifies Sybil as the head of a women's charity to which Eva had turned for help.
Despite Sybil's haughty responses, she eventually admits that Eva, pregnant and destitute, had asked the committee for financial aid. Sybil had convinced the committee that the girl was a liar and that her application should be denied.
Despite vigorous cross-examination from Goole, Sybil denies any wrongdoing. Sheila begs her mother not to continue, but Goole plays his final card, making Sybil declare that the "drunken young man" who had made Eva pregnant should give a "public confession, accepting all the blame".
When Eva realized that the money had been stolen, she refused it. Arthur and Sybil are outraged by Eric's actions, and the evening dissolves into angry recriminations.
Goole's questioning revealed that each member of the family had contributed to Eva's despondency and suicide. He reminds the Birlings that actions have consequences, and that all people are intertwined in one society, saying, "If men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish", alluding to the impending World War.
Gerald returns, telling the family that there may be no "Inspector Goole" on the police force. Arthur makes a call to the Chief Constablewho confirms this. Gerald points out that as Goole was lying about being a policeman, there may be no dead girl. Placing a second call to the local infirmaryGerald determines that no recent cases of suicide have been reported.
The elder Birlings and Gerald celebrate, with Arthur dismissing the evening's events as "moonshine" and "bluffing". The younger Birlings, however, still realise the error of their ways and promise to change. Gerald is keen to resume his engagement to Sheila, but she is reluctant, since he still admitted to having had an affair.
The play ends with a telephone call, taken by Arthur, who reports that a young woman has died, a suspected case of suicide by disinfectantand that the local police are on their way to question the Birlings. The true identity of Goole is never explained, but it is clear that the family's confessions over the course of the evening are true, and that they will be disgraced publicly when news of their involvement in Eva's demise is revealed.
Both during and after his interrogation of the family, the Birlings query whether he is actually a real inspector, and a phone call made by Mr. Birling to the local police station reveals that there is no Inspector Goole in the local police force.
Goole also forces the characters to question their very own lives, and if the ones they were living were true. In addition, he also feels a responsibility to make the Birling family feel guilty for their actions. His identity remains ambiguous throughout the play.
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An Inspector Calls the Graphic Novel. In this play an inspector interrupts a party to investigate a girl's suicide, and implicates each of the party-makers in her death. In An Inspector Calls, Priestley explores the theme of class through the treatment of working-class Eva Smith by the wealthy Birlings and Gerald Croft Social responsibility An Inspector Calls was first performed in the UK just after the end of World War Two, in An Inspector Calls is a play written by English dramatist J.
B. Priestley, first performed in in the Soviet Union and in in the UK. It is one of Priestley's best known works for the stage, and is considered to be one of the .
“An Inspector Calls” is a play with a varied, both social and political significance. Priestley was a Fabian socialist who believed a lot in socialism and community based views of morality; this is shown heavily through out the play.
‘An inspector calls’ is a play by JB Priestley. It is set in but was written in , just months after the end of World War II. It was no coincidence however, that Priestley chose to write the play at this time, it was indeed his deliberate action to publish it at such a vulnerable time.